Art & design

Art & Design Courses - Online & in London  

Explore new and exciting subjects within a range of art and design disciplines, develop your skill set, get the support required to change career or launch yourself as a freelance artist or designer. All this and more delivered through our practical and engaging art and design courses at City Lit.

Our range of part-time, weekend and evening art and design classes are taught by successful artists and practitioners to ensure you get the skills, knowledge and experience you want and deserve. From experimental painting and drawing to contemporary jewellery making, there is sure to be a course for you. Study from 1 day to 2 years, whether you are a complete beginner or a practising artist preparing for an MA. Our courses are designed with you in mind, so you get to spend more time doing what you love. 

Set a new goal, start your next creative adventure with City Lit and let us support you to realise your ambitions.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, you’ll receive the same great City Lit experience. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

We host exhibitions throughout the year at City Lit Gallery where our students showcase their amazing work.

Any questions? Contact our visual arts team on visual.arts@citylit.ac.uk or call us on 020 7492 2700, Monday to Friday between 10am-12pm or 2pm-4pm.

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  1. Book arts drop-in
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sue Doggett
    A one-day, tutor supported book arts workshop. This short course is ideal for students who would like some technical or conceptual advice and the space to work on a personal project. Students will work independently with one to one support.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  2. Sketching at the museum: National Gallery
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Diane Martin
    Explore the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks: learn and improve your drawing skills and ‘ways of seeing’ and understanding by working from some of the iconic paintings in the National Gallery.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  3. Art and creative thinking with Rod Judkins
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rod Judkins
    Art is fundamentally about communicating ideas. If the idea is strong, the work of art is memorable.



    This exciting, one day workshop, led by Rod Judkins (artist, tutor and author of ‘The art of Creative thinking’ and ‘Ideas are your only currency’) will explore methods to create ideas and concepts and combine them with the process of making.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  4. Jewellery: understanding rubies, sapphires and emeralds
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the trade of rubies, sapphires and emeralds, different types of these precious stones on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  5. T-shirt screenprinting in a day
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print onto t-shirts, tote bags and other fabrics. Students will learn basic screenprinting techniques, including how to put your own designs onto screens, correct inks and printing methods and how to clean and prepare screens.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  6. Make a laser cut piece of jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Emilia Netto
    This is a short introductory course to laser cutting and its potential for various practical outcomes. We will use Adobe Illustrator on iMacs to create or customise a simple template, which you will then send to cut on our Speedy 300 laser cutter and leave with a pendant to take away. All materials included. Suitable for absolute beginners.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
  7. 50 drawings in a day
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Oct 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Joe Richardson
    A high energy programme of directed and self-directed drawing projects, with rapid shifts in materials, scale, subject and focus. Strictly no discards - come ready to play, risk, invent and discuss! For those with some drawing experience.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  8. Screenprinting in a day
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Adam Hogarth
    In this fun, 1-day workshop you will be taught how to print and register a two colour screenprint using monoprint, colour blends and pre-made photographic screens. You will be taught some basic screen making process and insight into making digital artwork. This will set you up for longer and more advanced screenprinting classes.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
  9. Sketching at the museum: Tate Modern
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Mar 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an exciting range of paintings and artworks in Tate modern.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  10. Try it out: precious metal clay jewellery
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Pearson
    Want to experience working with one of the most versatile and effective materials in jewellery making? Come and get to grips with precious metal clay, which handles like clay but turns into pure silver when fired.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Sketching at the museum: V&A
    Course start date:  Thu 17 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Off Site

    Tutors:  Ro Sylvester
    Exploring the pleasure and challenge of sketchbooks; learn and improve your drawing skills and 'ways of seeing' and understanding, working from an fascinating range of objects and artifacts in The Victoria and Albert Museum.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  12. Scanning photography negatives, transparencies and prints
    Course start date:  Fri 18 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Photography Studio

    Tutors:  Dominic Harris
    Do you have boxes of old prints, negatives or transparencies gathering dust that you'd love to have digitised? Learn how to get your archive onto your computer using different methods from flatbed and film scanners to a digital camera.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  13. Introduction to diamonds
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 3 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Judith Crowe, Derek Jhinnoo
    Join this fascinating one day course for a valuable insight into the diamond trade, different types of diamonds on the market, and how to assess them. Learn about how the beautiful stones are mined, cut, graded and priced, as well as exploring common simulants. No previous experience necessary.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £69.00
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  14. Introduction to using the sewing machine
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rachel Selormey
    An introduction to using the sewing machine. Learn how to use the sewing machine safely and competently.



    We also look at troubleshooting and different sewing techniques.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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    93% of 100
  15. Try it out: jewellery making
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 17 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Elizabeth Bone
    Make a pendant and a silver ring in a weekend. During this action packed course, you will gain the fundamental skills needed to make simple jewellery in metal.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00

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